York and Son

Founded by Frederick York in 1873 and joined by his son William in 1887.

York and Sons was based in Notting Hill, London. First at 87, then from 1892 at 67, Lancaster Road, where there was a 16ft square purpose built stage for the photography of Life Model sets.


Slide 5 from the York & Sons set "Curfew must not ring tonight"

 The backgrounds were painted by E.T.Green, who had been a scenic artist at the Royal Polytechnic in Regent street.
Green was also the stage manager and sometimes appears as a model in some sets.

The Lantern slides were then manufactured at their factory at 32 Friarn Street ,Bridgwater, Somerset.

From 1890 York's slide can be identified by their trademark, a snake curled round the letter Y, enclosed within a triangle.

   
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